Mania Maia

Maia Mania, PhD, is an architectural historian best known for her writing on Georgian urban heritage and spatial patterns of historic cities and towns. She is a Chief Researcher at the George Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation. She is a Professor at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (Department of Architecture from 1987 to 2006; Faculty of Restoration/Conservation, Art History and Theory from 2006 till now).
Her principal research interests include medieval, nineteenth and twentieth century secular architecture of Tbilisi and other cities and towns of Georgia, along with the oeuvre of various architects and builders active in Georgia at different times. She is the author of the books European Architects in Tbilisi (2006), Tbilisi Geophysical Observatory: History and Architecture (2010), Dusheti: Urban and Architectural Heritage (2016) and German Architects in Tbilisi ( 2018).  She has also written and contributed to several architectural guidebooks for Tbilisi.


  1. The Relationship of the Main Elements of Urban Structure (House, Courtyard, Square, Street). The Annals of the Georgian Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, 1983;
  2. Transformation of Tbilisi’s Courtyard. The Journal of the Georgian Art, Tbilisi, 1984;
  3. What Makes the Architectural Character of Historical Tbilisi, Journal of the Friends of the Monuments of Culture, “Dzeglis Megobari”, Tbilisi, 1985;
  4. Courtyard as One of the Main Elements of Context of Old Tbilisi, Journal of the Georgian Academy of Science “Matsne”, Tbilisi, 1989;
  5. An Unknown Sketch of Old Tbilisi View, The Journal of Literature and Art, #2, Tbilisi, 1998;
  6. Annotations for Secular Buildings in the Book of M. Bulia, M. Janjalia, Tbilisi, Tbilisi, 2002;
  7. The Cellars of Old Tbilisi, Georgian Antiquates # 3, 2003 , pp. 150-167;
  8. Joseph Baulig, Maia Mania, Hans Mildenberger, Karl Ziegler, Architekturfűrer Tbilisi, Landeshauptstadt Saarbrűcken, 2004;
  9. To the History of One Caravanserai in Tbilisi “Shuabazari” , Georgian Antiquities, # 7-8, 2005, pp. 337-353;
  10. Transfiguration Monastic Complex on the “Metekhi Hill”–Attempt of Dating the Structures, Georgian Antiquities, N9, 2006, pp. 135-159;
  11. European Architects in Tbilisi, Tbilisi, 2006;
  12. To the History of Tbileli’s Caravanserai, Georgian Antiquities, N10, 2007, pp. 148-189;
  13. Architectural Walks of Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, 2008;
  14. Gentle Urban Regeneration and Old Tbilisi Rehabilitation, Proceedings of the Symposium at Goethe-Institute Georgien, Tbilisi, 2009;
  15. Tbilisi – a Unique System of Houses with Courtyards, Conference Materials, Urban Heritage Preservation: Identity and Spirit of Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, June 3-6, 2010, pp. 9-15;
  16. Tbilisi Geophysical Observatory – History and Architecture, Tbilisi, 2010;
  17. Art Nouveau Architectural Heritage Close to Mtskheta – Karsani Magnetic Observatory, Ars Georgica, B, 2010 , ;
  18. Old House in Avlevi Lane and Its Surroundings, Georgian Antiquities, N14, 2010, pp. 205-230;
  19. Tsikhisubani – Loosing the Values of Old Tbilisi, Ars Georgica, B, 2010, ;
  20. Specificity of Old Tbilisi Urban Structure, Krantai, N2, 2012, pp. 32-35 ;
  21. Tsikhisubani – Loosing the Values of Old Tbilisi, Georgian Antiquities, N15, 2012, pp. 412-456;
  22. Modernism in the Architecture of Tbilisi, Georgian Antiquities, N16, 2013, pp. 237-259;
  23. Batumi Intourist – an Outstanding Example of Postconstuctivism, Proceedings of the International Conference “Batumi – Past and Present”, Batumi Rustaveli State University, Berdzenishvili Institute, Batumi, 1-2 September, 2013, pp. 318-333;
  24. St Panteleimon Monastery in Abastumani, Encyclopedia of Patriarchate of Georgia, Tbilisi, 2013;
  25. Nunnery of Abastumani, in the Book: The Akhaltsikhe and Tao-Klarjeti Eparchy, Tbilisi, 2013, pp. 392-399 (in Georgian);
  26. Theodor von Heider-Borovsky – Creator of Dusheti City, Georgian Antiquities, 2014, pp. 277-295;
  27. Darbazi of the Officials in Dusheti, Georgian Antiquities, N18, 2015, pp. 79-97;
  28. Research of Dusheti Urban and Architectural Heritage as Basis for Its Future Development, Abstract Volume of 8th International Policy Forum on Urban Growth and Conservation in Euro-Asian Corridor, Tehran-Hamadan Conference, 2015, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2-3 October, 2015, p. 24;
  29. Dusheti Urban and Architectural Heritage, Tbilisi, 2016;
  30. Architect Paul Stern and the late 19th century Tbilisi, Ancient Art Today, National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, N8, 2017, pp. 3-19;
  31. German Architects in Tbilisi, Tbilisi, 2018;
  32. Tbilisi’s Architecture: A History, Tbilisi Preserving a Historic City, A Report by SAVE Europe’s Heritage, 2019, pp. 26-29.